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Exploring acupuncturists' perceptions of treating patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Complement Ther Med. 2007 Jun; 15(2):101-8.CT

Abstract

AIMS

To outline acupuncturists' perceptions of treating patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), exploring the impact of practitioner affiliation to a traditional or western theoretical base.

METHODS

Qualitative study utilising Grounded Theory Method. Nineteen acupuncturists were chosen via theoretical sampling. In-depth semi-structured interviews were tape-recorded and transcribed. Field notes were also taken. Emerging categories and themes were identified.

RESULTS

Inter-affiliatory differences were identified in the treatments administered and the scope and emphasis of intended therapeutic effects. Limited divergence was found between acupuncturists' perceptions of treatment outcomes. Factors perceived as impacting on treatment outcomes were identified.

CONCLUSIONS

Clinical trials of acupuncture in RA may have failed to administer a treatment which reflects that administered in clinical practice. Outcome measures employed in clinical trials of acupuncture in RA, as well as established outcome indices for RA, may lack the necessary breadth to accurately assess acupuncture's efficacy. Acupuncturist affiliation has demonstrable implications for the practice and research of acupuncture.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Division of Primary Care, University of Liverpool, Whelan Building, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L69 3GB, UK. John.Hughes@liverpool.ac.ukNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17544860

Citation

Hughes, J G., et al. "Exploring Acupuncturists' Perceptions of Treating Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis." Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol. 15, no. 2, 2007, pp. 101-8.
Hughes JG, Goldbart J, Fairhurst E, et al. Exploring acupuncturists' perceptions of treating patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Complement Ther Med. 2007;15(2):101-8.
Hughes, J. G., Goldbart, J., Fairhurst, E., & Knowles, K. (2007). Exploring acupuncturists' perceptions of treating patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 15(2), 101-8.
Hughes JG, et al. Exploring Acupuncturists' Perceptions of Treating Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis. Complement Ther Med. 2007;15(2):101-8. PubMed PMID: 17544860.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Exploring acupuncturists' perceptions of treating patients with rheumatoid arthritis. AU - Hughes,J G, AU - Goldbart,J, AU - Fairhurst,E, AU - Knowles,K, Y1 - 2006/11/03/ PY - 2006/08/23/received PY - 2006/09/22/accepted PY - 2007/6/5/pubmed PY - 2007/8/19/medline PY - 2007/6/5/entrez SP - 101 EP - 8 JF - Complementary therapies in medicine JO - Complement Ther Med VL - 15 IS - 2 N2 - AIMS: To outline acupuncturists' perceptions of treating patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), exploring the impact of practitioner affiliation to a traditional or western theoretical base. METHODS: Qualitative study utilising Grounded Theory Method. Nineteen acupuncturists were chosen via theoretical sampling. In-depth semi-structured interviews were tape-recorded and transcribed. Field notes were also taken. Emerging categories and themes were identified. RESULTS: Inter-affiliatory differences were identified in the treatments administered and the scope and emphasis of intended therapeutic effects. Limited divergence was found between acupuncturists' perceptions of treatment outcomes. Factors perceived as impacting on treatment outcomes were identified. CONCLUSIONS: Clinical trials of acupuncture in RA may have failed to administer a treatment which reflects that administered in clinical practice. Outcome measures employed in clinical trials of acupuncture in RA, as well as established outcome indices for RA, may lack the necessary breadth to accurately assess acupuncture's efficacy. Acupuncturist affiliation has demonstrable implications for the practice and research of acupuncture. SN - 0965-2299 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17544860/Exploring_acupuncturists'_perceptions_of_treating_patients_with_rheumatoid_arthritis_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0965-2299(06)00104-X DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -